US 9,808,120 B2
Coffee container with freshness indicator
Lucian Hite Lyall, III, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US); Karol Zbigniew Renau, Calabasas, CA (US); and Kevin Robert Curtis, Manhattan Beach, CA (US)
Assigned to WILBUR CURTIS COMPANY, Montebello, CA (US)
Filed by Wilbur Curtis Company, Montebello, CA (US)
Filed on May 6, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/271,267.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/821,164, filed on May 8, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2014/0332433 A1, Nov. 13, 2014
Int. Cl. A47J 31/06 (2006.01); G01F 23/26 (2006.01); G08B 21/00 (2006.01); B65D 85/00 (2006.01); A47J 41/00 (2006.01); A47J 31/50 (2006.01)
CPC A47J 41/0094 (2013.01) [A47J 31/50 (2013.01)] 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A beverage server, comprising:
a body defining a reservoir for receiving a beverage, the body including an opening at an upper portion;
a lid removably securable within the opening of the body, the lid including a disk-shaped body extending radially beyond the opening and having thumb plates extending from an upper surface, a housing seated above the disk-shaped body including a vertical display and first and second LED lights, a centrally disposed vertical passage through which the beverage enters, a plug inserted into and received within said vertical passage, and a cylindrical compartment below the disk-shaped body and extending downwardly therefrom, the cylindrical compartment disposed below a threaded engagement between the lid and the reservoir and seated inside the reservoir;
a microprocessor, the cylindrical compartment enclosing the microprocessor below the disk-shaped body;
a downwardly disposed stem projecting from an underside of the cylindrical compartment to a bottom of the reservoir, the downwardly disposed stem including a plurality of vertically spaced liquid detecting capacitive sensors, the sensors communicating a detected fluid level to the microprocessor;
the capacitive sensors further serving as manual input devices having indicia thereon for indicating a function of an input, the manual input devices connected to the microprocessor to control a timer displayed by the vertical display and to program the display;
whereby the vertical display communicates a liquid level and duration of the beverage in the reservoir; and
whereby the vertical display further includes level bars conveying a liquid level in the reservoir.