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1. (WO2018226623) ORIFICE D’ÉVACUATION ET FILTRE POUR MACHINE À BOISSON
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CLAIMS

1. A beverage forming apparatus, comprising:

a brew chamber arranged to hold a beverage ingredient, the brew chamber including a liquid inlet to provide liquid for combining with the beverage ingredient to form a beverage and a beverage outlet to allow beverage to exit the brew chamber; a liquid supply system arranged to provide the liquid to the liquid inlet;

an air pump fluidly coupled to the liquid supply system and arranged to deliver air to the liquid supply system to pressurize at least a portion of the liquid supply system and move liquid in the fluid supply system;

a permanently open orifice fluidly coupled to the liquid supply system and arranged to vent pressure from a portion of the liquid supply system; and

an air filter fluidly coupled to the orifice and to the air pump such that air delivered from the air pump passes through the air filter and to the liquid supply system and such that fluid passing from the liquid supply system to the orifice passes through the air filter.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the liquid supply system includes a heater tank in which liquid is heated, and the orifice is fluidly coupled to a gas line connected to an upper portion of the heater tank.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the air filter has an inlet side arranged to receive air from the air pump and an outlet side arranged to deliver filtered air to the liquid supply system, wherein the orifice is fluidly coupled to the inlet side of the air filter.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the air filter and the orifice are incorporated into a single part having an inlet port coupled to the inlet side of the air filter and to the inlet side of the orifice, an outlet port coupled to an outlet side of the orifice, and a common port coupled to the outlet side of the air filter.

5. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the liquid supply system includes a delivery line coupled between the heater tank and the liquid inlet and arranged to deliver heated liquid from the heater tank to the liquid inlet.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the delivery line is arranged such that pressure in the heater tank created by the air pump delivering air to the heater tank causes liquid in the heater tank to flow along the delivery line and to the liquid inlet, and wherein the air pump is arranged to deliver air to the heater tank at a flow rate higher than a flow rate at which the orifice vents the heater tank.

7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the delivery line includes a conduit that extends from the upper portion of the heater tank to a position between a top and a bottom of the heater tank.

8. The apparatus of claim 2, further comprising a water pump arranged to deliver liquid to the heater tank, and the orifice is arranged to vent pressure from the heater tank while liquid is delivered to the heater tank by the water pump.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the brew chamber includes a cartridge holder arranged to hold a cartridge containing the beverage ingredient such that liquid is deliverable to the cartridge via the liquid inlet.

10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the orifice is arranged to vent pressure from the portion of the liquid supply system to ambient pressure, and the orifice has a size of 0.25 mm.

11. A method of forming a beverage, comprising:

providing a beverage ingredient in a brew chamber of a beverage forming apparatus, the beverage ingredient arranged to form a beverage when combined with a liquid;

pumping liquid to a heater tank of a liquid supply system;

venting pressure from the heater tank during the pumping of liquid to the heater tank, pressure being vented from the heater tank via a gas line connected to the heater tank and that includes a permanently open orifice; and

delivering pressurized air from an air pump to the heater tank via an air filter and the gas line such that the heater tank is pressurized and liquid is delivered to the brew chamber to combine with the beverage ingredient.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the gas line is connected to an upper portion of the heater tank.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein liquid is delivered to the brew chamber via a delivery line coupled between the heater tank and the brew chamber.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the delivery line includes a conduit that extends from the upper portion of the heater tank to a position between a top and a bottom of the heater tank.

15. The method of claim 12, wherein the air filter has an inlet side arranged to receive air from the air pump and an outlet side arranged to deliver filtered air to the heater tank, wherein the outlet side of the air filter is fluidly coupled to the heater tank and the inlet side of the air filter is fluidly coupled to the orifice.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the air filter and the orifice are

incorporated into a single part having an inlet port coupled to the inlet side of the air filter and to an inlet side of the orifice , an outlet port coupled to an outlet side of the orifice, and a common port coupled to the outlet side of the air filter.

17. The method of claim 11, wherein the orifice is arranged to vent pressure from the heater tank to ambient pressure and has a size of 0.25 mm.

18. The method of claim 11, wherein the brew chamber includes a cartridge holder arranged to hold a cartridge containing the beverage ingredient such that liquid is deliverable to the cartridge from the heater tank.

19. The method of claim 11, wherein the step of delivering pressurized air from an air pump includes venting pressure from the heater tank via the permanently open orifice while pressurized air is delivered to the heater tank.

20. A beverage forming apparatus, comprising:

a brew chamber arranged to hold a beverage ingredient, the brew chamber including a liquid inlet to provide liquid for combining with the beverage ingredient to form a beverage and a beverage outlet to allow beverage to exit the brew chamber; a liquid supply system arranged to provide the liquid to the liquid inlet;

a permanently open orifice fluidly coupled to the liquid supply system and arranged to vent pressure from a portion of the liquid supply system; and

an air filter fluidly coupled to the orifice such that fluid passing from the liquid supply system to the orifice passes through the air filter.

21. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the liquid supply system includes a heater tank in which liquid is heated, and the orifice is fluidly coupled to a gas line connected to an upper portion of the heater tank.

22. The apparatus of claim 21, further comprising a water pump arranged to deliver liquid to the heater tank, and the orifice is arranged to vent pressure from the heater tank while liquid is delivered to the heater tank by the water pump.

23. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the liquid supply system includes a delivery line coupled between the heater tank and the liquid inlet and arranged to deliver heated liquid from the heater tank to the liquid inlet.