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1. US5775204 - Tea filter assembly for a coffee or tea maker

Office United States of America
Application Number 08792890
Application Date 31.01.1997
Publication Number 5775204
Publication Date 07.07.1998
Grant Number 5775204
Grant Date 07.07.1998
Publication Kind A
IPC
A47J 31/14
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
JKITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES
31Apparatus for making beverages
14Coffee- or tea-making apparatus with filters placed in or behind pouring spouts
A47J 31/44
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
JKITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES
31Apparatus for making beverages
44Parts or details of beverage-making apparatus
A47J 31/06
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
JKITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES
31Apparatus for making beverages
06Filters or strainers for coffee or tea makers
CPC
A47J 31/0615
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
JKITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES
31Apparatus for making beverages
06Filters or strainers for coffee or tea makers ; ; Holders therefor
0615with special arrangements for making tea or the like, e.g. where the infusion liquid is kept a certain time in the filter before flowing out
Applicants Braun Aktiengesellschaft
Inventors Link Karl
Schamberg Stefan
Birk Andreas
Weller Albrecht
Amsel Klaus
Agents Fish & Richardson P.C.
Priority Data 4428013 06.08.1994 DE
Title
(EN) Tea filter assembly for a coffee or tea maker
Abstract
(EN)

The invention is directed to a tea filter assembly (10) adapted to be fitted to a coffee maker (18) in place of a coffee filter in order to be able to make tea with the coffee maker (18). It is known in the art to provide such a tea filter assembly (10) with a first valve (36) for closing an outlet (44) from the tea filter assembly (10) while the tea is steeping. It is a disadvantage in such a type of tea filter assembly (10) that upon termination of the steeping time hot water continues to be discharged from the coffee maker (18), flowing over the tea leaves and extracting bitter principle in the process. To avoid this drawback, provision is made in the invention for a water conduit (14) through which hot water exiting the coffee maker flows straight into a carafe after the steeping time has ended, without coming into contact with tea leaves contained in a tea basket (16). During the steeping time, the water conduit (14) is closed by a second valve (42) which is actuatable jointly with the first valve (36), preferably by raising and lowering the tea basket (16) together with the water conduit (14).