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(11)EP 3 343 136 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 17177968.9

(22)Date of filing:  26.06.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F25D 3/08  (2006.01)
B65D 81/38  (2006.01)

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BEVERAGE CHILLER

GETRÄNKEKÜHLER

REFROIDISSEUR DE BOISSON


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.12.2016 US 201615391277

(43)Date of publication of application:
04.07.2018 Bulletin 2018/27

(73)Proprietor: TEQUILA CUERVO S.A. DE C.V.
45601 Tlaquepaque - Jalisco (MX)

(72)Inventor:
  • DICKENS, Anthony Thomas Fitzpatrick
    London (GB)

(74)Representative: Savi, Massimiliano et al
NOTARBARTOLO & GERVASI S.p.A. Corso di Porta Vittoria 9
20122 Milano
20122 Milano (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2012/113025
FR-A- 655 238
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    1. FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates generally to a beverage chiller that allows introduction of a coolant into a first compartment and a beverage into a second compartment, with heat transfer between the first compartment and the second compartment allowing for rapid cooling of the beverage.

    2. DESCRIPTION OF THE RELATED ART



    [0002] Bartenders frequently use a cocktail shaker for mixing beverages to be served to customers. Typically, one or more alcoholic beverages are mixed with other items, such as fruit juices, syrups, and bitters. Ice, in cubed or crushed form, can also be introduced into the cocktail shaker for the purpose of cooling the beverage that is being prepared. The cocktail shaker is then vigorously shaken by the bartender to mix the ingredients and, if ice is included, to chill the mixed beverage. After preparation, any ice that is included can be served to the customer with the mixed beverage, or the ice can be removed, such as with a strainer, or by the bartender narrowly separating the parts of the cocktail shaker and pouring the mixed beverage out of the shaker while retaining the ice within the shaker.

    [0003] One problem with this prior art cocktail shaker design and method is that even if the beverages and ice are only placed together for a short period of time, there will be some melting of the ice and therefore dilution of the beverage. Another problem is that it is desirable to wash the cocktail shaker after use\ in order to remove any taste from the mixed beverage before using the shaker again to prepare a different mixed beverage. That leads to any retained ice being discarded, or even if an attempt is made to wash the ice and reuse it for the next mixed beverage preparation, the ice will undergo some melting and loss during the washing procedure.

    [0004] French patent FR655238 discloses an example of refrigerated container for beverages adapted in particular for serving cocktails. International application WO2012/113025 discloses another example of a device and related method for producing frozen beverages.

    [0005] What is required is a beverage chiller that allows a bartender to quickly chill a beverage, whether a mixed beverage or even a single unmixed beverage, without diluting the beverage with water from melting ice, and that also allows reuse of the ice from chilling one drink to the next, without needing to strain the ice or wash it.

    BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0006] The present invention discloses a beverage chiller that is separated into two compartments, including a first compartment for holding a coolant such as a water and ice mixture, and a second compartment for holding a beverage for chilling. When filled, a user such as a bartender shakes the beverage chiller vigorously, facilitating a heat exchange wherein the coolant absorbs heat from the beverage, cooling the beverage. The first and second compartments are designed to provide significant surface area between them, facilitating the heat exchange.

    [0007] The second compartment can be used for mixing two or more beverages, in which case the invention can be considered a type of cocktail shaker that also provides for chilling the mixed beverage without diluting it with water from melting ice. Alternatively, the second compartment can be used for a single unmixed beverage, in which case the invention can be considered as a beverage chiller.

    [0008] While some alcoholic beverages such as vodka may be stored in a refrigerator or freezer, most alcoholic beverages are stored at room temperature. Many syrups are also stored at room temperature. While some consumers of alcoholic beverages may prefer them to be served at room temperatures, others prefer that the alcoholic beverages be chilled. This invention allows either a single beverage or a mixture of beverages to be rapidly cooled, without dilution from melting ice.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0009] Further advantages and features of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description of a preferred embodiment of the invention with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

    FIG. 1 is a view of one embodiment of the beverage chiller; and

    FIG. 2 is a cross-section of the beverage chiller, showing the interior structure.



    [0010] To facilitate understanding of the invention, identical reference numerals have been used, when appropriate, to designate the same or similar elements that are common to the figures. Further, unless stated otherwise, the drawings shown and discussed in the figures are not drawn to scale, but are shown for illustrative purposes only.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0011] Reference will now be made in detail to implementations of the invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

    [0012] FIG. 1 illustrates an embodiment of a beverage chiller 100 that includes a main body 101, a top lid 102, and a bottom lid 104. The main body 101 can be made from any of a number of materials, including metals or thermoplastics. As the beverage chiller 100 will contain a coolant when in use, and it is desirable to retain the coolant for a number of uses of the beverage chiller 100, it is preferable that main body 101 be made from an insulating material, such as a thermoplastic, or such as a layered construction of metal and a glass or thermoplastic. A second benefit for using an insulating material for main body 101 is that a user who grasps and shakes the beverage chiller 100 will not experience the discomfort of grabbing an object with an exterior temperature that is well below room temperature.

    [0013] In preferred embodiments, the main body 101 will have a cylindrical, frustoconical, or frustopyramidal shape, with a total internal volume of 0.5-2 liters, and more preferably 1 liter. However, this should not be considered limiting, as a wide variety of shapes and sizes are possible. In a preferred embodiment the exterior surface of main body 101 can be designed with grooves, ridges, a pebbled surface, or other known surfaces that provide for a user to obtain a good grip on an item, which is especially important as the beverage 100 is designed for a bartender or other user to shake the assembled and filled beverage chiller 100 vigorously.

    [0014] Top lid 102 and bottom lid 104 can similarly be made from metal or thermoplastic. Preferably, an insulating material will be used, for the same reason as stated above for main body 101. Preferably, main body 101, top lid 102, and bottom lid 104 will be threaded, so that top lid 102 and bottom lid 104 can be quickly screwed onto and apart from the main body 101.

    [0015] FIG. 2 illustrates a cross section of beverage chiller 100. Internal assembly 201 comprises a funnel 203 and a core unit 205. Core unit 205 contains a plurality of cores, preferably three, though two or four cores can also be used. The cores are made of a heat-conducting material, such as aluminum or stainless steel. They are preferably of a cylindrical or tubular design, and are spaced apart from each other, providing for significant surface area that will allow for efficient heat transfer between a coolant to be placed on the outside of core unit 205, and a beverage to be placed on the inside of core unit 205. Funnel 203 communicates with the internal volume of each of the plurality of cores of core unit 205. In a preferred embodiment, funnel 203 is made of an insulating material such as a thermoplastic, and the beverage to be cooled has emptied completely from funnel 203 and is contained completely within core unit 205. However, other embodiments are possible, including funnel 203 being made from a heat-transmitting material, such as an embodiment in which funnel 203 and core unit 205 are made from the same material, for example if it is desired that the beverage to be cooled is contained partly within core unit 205, with an overflow amount remaining in funnel 203.

    [0016] Internal assembly 201 is mounted within main body 101. In a preferred embodiment, internal assembly 201 is inserted to and removed from main body 101 via top lid 102. In a preferred embodiment, internal assembly 201 slides into main body 101, and can be held in place by any of a variety of known techniques, such as a pin and slot construction, or by internal assembly 201 having tapered side walls and by main body 101 also having tapered side walls, such that internal assembly 201 will only slide so far into main body 101. Alternatively, internal assembly 201 can be threaded to fit within threads inside main body 101. The design consideration for holding internal assembly 201 in place within main body 101 is that internal assembly 201 should be able to be removed readily for cleaning.

    [0017] A first compartment 225 suitable for holding a coolant is defined by an exterior surface of the internal assembly 201, an interior surface of the main body 101, and an interior surface of the bottom lid 104. In one embodiment, a second compartment 235 suitable for holding a beverage is defined by an interior surface of internal assembly 201, i.e., including both core unit 205 and funnel 203. In a preferred embodiment, second compartment 235 is defined solely by the internal volume of core unit 205.

    [0018] In a preferred embodiment in which main body 101 has a volume of 1 liter, and the second compartment 235 is defined solely by the internal volume of core unit 205, the second compartment 235 will hold between 100-300 ml of a beverage, and more preferably 200 ml.

    [0019] A funnel seal 207 is provided within main body 101, to prevent any leakage of the coolant from first compartment 225 into second compartment 235, and conversely to prevent any leakage of the beverage from second compartment 235 into first compartment 225.

    [0020] A top lid seal 208 is provided within main body 101, to prevent any leakage of the beverage from first compartment 225 through top lid 102 when a user vigorously shakes beverage chiller 100. Similarly, a bottom lid seal 206 is provided within main body 101, to prevent any leakage of the coolant from second compartment 235 through bottom lid 104 when a user vigorously shakes beverage chiller 100.

    [0021] Any of a variety of known seal designs can be used for funnel seal 207, top lid seal 208, and bottom lid seal 206, including a rubber silicon o-ring, a crimp channel that holds a rubber seal, and so forth.

    [0022] In a preferred embodiment, top lid 102 is designed as a measuring cup for measuring the beverage to be introduced into internal assembly 201. For example, top lid 102 can be designed to hold the volume of a jigger, i.e., 1.5 ounces or 44.4 ml, or can be designed to hold a larger quantity, such as the volume of second compartment 235.

    [0023] The coolant, no shown, should preferably be non-toxic, and in a preferred embodiment should be a mixture of water and ice.

    [0024] To use the beverage chiller 100, a bartender or other user will remove bottom lid 104 from the assembled beverage chiller 100, and will add a coolant, such as a mixture of water and ice, into the first compartment 225. The user will then replace bottom lid 104. The user will then remove top lid 102, and add a beverage or mixture of beverages into second compartment 235. The user will then replace top lid 102, and vigorously shake beverage chiller 100 for approximately 20 seconds. The user will then remove top lid 102, and pour out the chilled beverage for serving.

    [0025] Although an exemplary description of the invention has been set forth above to enable those of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention, that description should not be construed to limit the invention, and various modifications and variations may be made to the description without departing from the scope of the invention, as will be understood by those with ordinary skill in the art, and the scope thereof is determined by the claims that follow.


    Claims

    1. A beverage chiller (100), comprising:

    a main body (101) with a removable top lid (102) and a removable bottom lid (104);

    an internal assembly (201) positioned within the main body (101), comprising a funnel (203) and a core unit (205),

    wherein a first compartment (225) for holding a coolant is defined by an exterior surface of the internal assembly (201), an interior surface of the main body (101), and an interior surface of the bottom lid (104),

    characterized in that the core unit (205) comprises a plurality of tubes and in that a second compartment (235) for holding a beverage comprises an interior volume of the core unit (205).


     
    2. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, in which the main body (101) is cylindrical.
     
    3. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, in which the main body (101) is frustoconical.
     
    4. The beverage chiller of claim 1, in which the main body is made from an insulating material.
     
    5. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, wherein the second compartment (235) for holding the beverage further comprises an interior volume of the funnel (203).
     
    6. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, in which the main body (101) is made from an insulating material and the core unit (205) is made from a heat-conducting material.
     
    7. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, in which the plurality of tubes is three tubes.
     
    8. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, in which the removable top lid (102) is a cup that is marked for measuring a volume of the beverage.
     
    9. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 1, in which the removable top lid (102) is a cup that has a volume corresponding to that of the core unit (205).
     
    10. The beverage chiller (100) of claim 5, in which the removable top lid (102) is a cup that has a volume corresponding to that of the core unit (205) plus that of the funnel (203).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Getränkekühler (100), aufweisend:

    - einen Hauptkorpus (101) mit einem abnehmbaren oberen Deckel (102) und einem abnehmbaren Bodendeckel (104);

    - eine interne Baugruppe (201), die in dem Hauptkorpus (101) angeordnet ist, und einen Trichter (203) und eine zentrale Einheit (205) aufweist,
    wobei ein erster Raum (225) zur Aufnahme eines Kühlmittels durch eine Außenfläche der internen Baugruppe (201), eine Innenfläche des Hauptkorpus (101) und eine Innenfläche des Bodendeckels (104) definiert wird,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    - die zentrale Einheit (205) eine Vielzahl von Röhren aufweist, und dass

    - ein zweiter Raum (235) zur Aufnahme eines Getränks ein internes Volumen der zentralen Einheit (205) aufweist.


     
    2. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Hauptkorpus (101) zylindrisch ist.
     
    3. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Hauptkorpus (101) frustokonisch ist.
     
    4. Getränkekühler gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Hauptkorpus aus isolierendem Material gefertigt ist.
     
    5. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der zweite Raum (235) zur Aufnahme eines Getränks weiter ein internes Volumen des Trichters (203) aufweist.
     
    6. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Hauptkorpus (101) aus isolierendem Material und die zentrale Einheit (205) aus wärmeleitendem Material gefertigt sind.
     
    7. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei die Vielzahl der Röhren drei Röhren sind.
     
    8. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der abnehmbare obere Deckel (102) ein Becher ist mit Markierungen zum Abmessen des Volumens des Getränks.
     
    9. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der abnehmbare obere Deckel (102) ein Becher ist, dessen Volumen mit dem der zentralen Einheit (205) übereinstimmt.
     
    10. Getränkekühler (100) gemäß Anspruch 5, wobei der abnehmbare obere Deckel (102) ein Becher ist, dessen Volumen mit dem der zentralen Einheit (205) plus dem des Trichters (203) übereinstimmt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Refroidisseur de boisson (100), comprenant :

    un corps principal (101) ayant un couvercle supérieur amovible (102) et un couvercle inférieur amovible (104) ;

    un ensemble interne (201) positionné à l'intérieur du corps principal (101), comprenant un entonnoir (203) et une unité centrale (205),

    dans lequel un premier compartiment (225) pour contenir un réfrigérant est défini par une surface extérieure de l'ensemble interne (201), une surface intérieure du corps principal (101) et une surface intérieure du couvercle inférieur (104),

    caractérisé en ce que l'unité centrale (205) comprend une pluralité de tubes et en ce qu'un second compartiment (235) pour contenir une boisson comprend un volume intérieur de l'unité centrale (205).


     
    2. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le corps principal (101) est cylindrique.
     
    3. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le corps principal (101) est tronconique.
     
    4. Refroidisseur de boisson selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le corps principal est réalisé à partir d'un matériau isolant.
     
    5. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le second compartiment (235) pour contenir la boisson comprend en outre un volume intérieur de l'entonnoir (203).
     
    6. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le corps principal (101) est réalisé à partir d'un matériau isolant et l'unité centrale (205) est réalisée à partir d'un matériau conducteur de chaleur.
     
    7. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la pluralité de tubes est de trois tubes.
     
    8. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le couvercle supérieur amovible (102) est un gobelet qui est marqué pour mesurer un volume de la boisson.
     
    9. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le couvercle supérieur amovible (102) est un gobelet qui possède un volume correspondant à celui de l'unité centrale (205).
     
    10. Refroidisseur de boisson (100) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le couvercle supérieur amovible (102) est un gobelet qui possède un volume correspondant à celui de l'unité centrale (205) plus celui de l'entonnoir (203).
     




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