Portion capsule having an identifier

  • US 10,858,176 B2
  • Filed: 08/12/2019
  • Issued: 12/08/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/22/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of making a coffee beverage comprising:

  • providing an apparatus including a barcode reader;

    inserting a first portion capsule into the apparatus, the first portion capsule including a first foil lid sealed to a base element having a cavity within which a powdered coffee material is located, the cavity being free of a filter and including a central portion, and a plurality of ribs that are radially spaced, vertically oriented, and configured to extend toward the central portion of the cavity, the base element including a circumferential flange having a top side to which the first foil lid is sealed and an opposing bottom side with a first barcode located on the bottom side, the base element of the first portion capsule includes an outside surface having a plurality of vertically oriented grooves;

    reading the first barcode with the barcode reader;

    controlling a production process of a first coffee beverage based upon the reading of the first barcode;

    piercing the first foil lid with a mandrel of the apparatus in a region that is offset from a central axis of the first portion capsule;

    sealing the first foil lid against a seal of the apparatus;

    introducing heated water into the first portion capsule through a water inlet of the apparatus that is arranged along the central axis of the portion capsule to form the first coffee beverage;

    unloading the first portion capsule from the apparatus;

    inserting a second portion capsule into the apparatus, the second portion capsule including a second foil lid sealed to a base element having a cavity within which a powdered coffee material is located, the cavity of the second portion capsule being free of a filter and includes a central portion, and a plurality of ribs that are radially spaced, vertically oriented, and configured to extend toward the central portion of the cavity, the base element of the second portion capsule including a circumferential flange having a top side to which the second foil lid is sealed and an opposing bottom side with a second barcode located on the bottom side and being different from the first barcode, the base element of the second portion capsule includes an outside surface having a plurality of vertically oriented grooves;

    reading the second barcode with the barcode reader;

    controlling a second production process of a second coffee beverage based upon the reading of the second barcode, the second production process being different than the first production process;

    piercing the second foil lid with the mandrel of the apparatus in a region that is offset from a central axis of the second portion capsule;

    scaling the top side of the flange and/or the second foil lid of the second portion capsule against the seal of the apparatus; and

    introducing the heated water into the second portion capsule to form the second coffee beverage.

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