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(11)EP 3 804 579 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
14.04.2021 Bulletin 2021/15

(21)Application number: 19720929.9

(22)Date of filing:  20.03.2019
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A47J 31/44(2006.01)
B65B 69/00(2006.01)
B30B 9/00(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/ES2019/070186
(87)International publication number:
WO 2019/224408 (28.11.2019 Gazette  2019/48)
(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
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 24.05.2018 ES 201830762 U

(71)Applicant: Garcia Medrano, Joan
08458 Sant Pere de Vilamajor, Barcelona (ES)

(72)Inventor:
  • Garcia Medrano, Joan
    08458 Sant Pere de Vilamajor, Barcelona (ES)

(74)Representative: Capitán García, Maria Nuria 
ARS Privilegium, S.L. Felipe IV no. 10, bajo iz.
28014 Madrid
28014 Madrid (ES)

  


(54)COFFEE CAPSULE RECYCLER


(57) Coffee capsule recycler that allows separating the used coffee from the capsule itself. The recycler comprises a first arm provided at its end with a perforated capsule container having an inner annular lip, where in said cylinder the end diametrically opposite the union with the first arm is provided with a hinged union to a second arm that is provided with a piston connected by a hinged union at the bottom third thereof to said second arm, such that it can be housed in the inner space of the perforated cylinder.




Description

OBJECT OF THE INVENTION



[0001] As indicated by its title, the present invention relates to a coffee capsule recycler that allows a simple recycling of coffee capsules, separating the used coffee from the capsule.

[0002] The invention is characterised by the special design and form of the capsule, which makes it a device that is simple to produce and easy to use.

[0003] Thus, the present invention belongs to the field of accessories related to coffee making with capsules, and to the machines or tools used for recycling.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



[0004] There is an increasing number of people who have coffee makers with a single dose in their homes, which are quick, clean and convenient to use. However, this is not always good for the environment. The millions of capsules generated once used and discarded now represent an environmental challenge, as they cannot be recycled by consumers in a simple manner. In view of this problem and at the request of environmentally conscious customers, manufacturers are developing mechanisms to minimise their environmental impact. Some have chosen to conduct research and development of biodegradable materials, others to create own recycling networks, which are as yet limited but in constant growth.

[0005] Coffee capsules are not considered as containers in the Law on Containers and Waste. This is because the capsules are inseparable from the product they contain. Consequently, they cannot enter the recycling chain in which bottles, cans or tetra bricks are deposited in yellow containers, and must be recycled in other ways.

[0006] Accordingly, some companies have set up collection and recycling programs for these products, which is expensive and costly.
The aim of the present invention is thus to provide a system that allows separating the used coffee from the capsule allowing to recycle the latter, developing a system such as that described below, the essence of which is given in claim one.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0007] The object of the present invention is a single-dose coffee capsule recycler that allows separating the used coffee from the capsule itself. The recycler is based on the use of a type of hinged piston pressed against a container that houses the coffee capsule.

[0008] The recycler comprises a first arm provided at its end with a perforated capsule container having an inner annular lip, where in said cylinder the end diametrically opposite the union with the first arm is provided with a hinged union to a second arm that is provided with a piston connected hingedly at the bottom third to said second arm, such that it can be housed in the inner space of the perforated cylinder.

[0009] The hinged unions can be formed in all of the possible known manners, and in a preferred embodiment it is achieved by coupling protruding perforated eyelets placed at the hinge points through which a pin passes acting as a hinging shaft.

[0010] The design of the second arm means that it can function as a second class lever, as the power is exerted from the free end of the second arm, the fulcrum being the hinge union to the hinged cylinder, and the resistance is that offered by the coffee capsule transmitted by the hinged piston.

[0011] Except when stated otherwise, all the technical and scientific elements used in this specification have the meaning usually understood by a person skilled in the art of this invention. In practice, the present invention can use processes and materials that are similar or equivalent to those described in the specification.

[0012] Throughout the description and claims the term "comprises" and the various forms thereof are not meant to exclude other techniques, additives, components or steps. A person skilled in the art will recognise that other objects, advantages and features of the invention follow in part from the description and in part from the practising of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0013] In order to complement the description being made and to aid towards a better comprehension of the features of the invention, according to our preferred practical embodiment, we incorporate as an integral part of said description a set of drawings that are illustrative and not limiting in nature and represent the following.

Figure 1 shows the recycler of the invention in an exploded view.

Figure 2 shows a detailed view of the core elements of the recycler.

Figure 3 shows the cross section obtained when cutting the recycler, just before exerting the pressure on a coffee capsule, along a vertical plane that cuts the recycler diametrically.


PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION.



[0014] In view of the figures, a preferred embodiment of the proposed invention is described below.

[0015] Figure 1 shows that the recycler of the invention comprises a first arm (1) that can be referred to as fixed, and a second arm (2) that will be referred to as hinged as it moves in a hinged manner with respect to the first arm.

[0016] The first arm (1) is provided on one of its ends with a through capsule container (3) that has a hinge (7) for union to the second arm (2) at the opposite point to the union to the first arm (1).
The capsule container (3) presents an upper opening (4) and a lower opening (5) where the upper opening (4) has a greater diameter than the lower opening (5), thereby defining an annular step (6) inside the capsule container (3).

[0017] Mounted on the second arm (2) is a hinged piston (8) that has a first segment (9) with a cross section slightly smaller than that defined by the lower opening (5) of the capsule container (3), and a second segment (10) with a slightly smaller cross section than the free section of the upper opening (4) of the container (3), defining an annular lip (11) which during the coffee expulsion process will contact the annular lip (6) of the interior of the container.

[0018] The hinged union (7) between the two arms in a possible example of embodiment comprises perforated eyelets (13) that protrude from the capsule container (3) in a parallel arrangement, to which are hinged other perforated eyelets (12) that protrude from the second arm (2) and joined by a pin (14).

[0019] The hinged union of the hinged piston (8) to the second arm (2) is established by a hinge (18) which in one example of embodiment is established by two perforated eyelets (15) protruding from the second arm (2) in a parallel arrangement, between which is coupled a perforated eyelet (16) protruding from the hinged piston (8), the two perforated eyelets being connected by a pin (17).

[0020] Figure 3 shows how the coffee capsule (19) housed in the capsule container (3) such that the peripheral edge thereof rests on the annular lip (6), when the hinged piston (8) descends, will press against the rear part of the capsule (9) such that the coffee will exit on the bottom part, so that the capsule is emptied of all of its contents allowing to recycle the coffee capsules once empty.

[0021] The materials used to manufacture them can be any which comply with the structural requirements set by the recycler, including metals, plastics, etc., preferably using plastic, without this limiting the invention.

[0022] Having sufficiently described the nature of the present invention and the embodiment thereof, it is noted that without departing from the essence thereof, other embodiments are possible that may differ in certain details from that given by way of example, which will also be included in the scope of protection sought, provided the main principle of the invention is not altered, changed or modified.


Claims

1. Coffee capsule recycler comprising a first arm (1) provided at its end with a perforated capsule container (3), where in said cylinder the end diametrically opposite the union to the first arm (1) is provided with a hinged union (7) to a second arm (2) that is provided with a piston (8) connected by a hinged union (18), so that it can be housed in the inner space of the perforated cylinder.
Characterized in that

- The capsule container (3) has an inner annular lip (6)

- the piston (8) is connected by the hinged union at the bottom third thereof to said second arm (2)


 
2. Coffee capsule recycler according to claim 1 characterised in that the capsule container (3) presents an upper opening (4) and a lower opening (5) where the upper opening (4) has a greater diameter than the lower opening (5), thereby defining the annular step (6) inside the capsule container (3).
 
3. Coffee capsule recycler according to claim 2 characterised in that the hinged piston (8) has a first segment (9) with a cross section slightly smaller than that defined by the lower opening(5) of the capsule container (3), and a second segment (10) with a slightly larger cross section than the free section of the upper opening(4) of the container (3), defining an annular lip (11) which during the coffee expulsion process will contact the annular step (6) of the interior of the container.
 
4. Coffee capsule recycler according to any of the preceding claims, characterised in that the hinged union (7) between the two arms comprises perforated eyelets (13) protruding from the capsule container (3) arranged in parallel, to which are hingedly connected other perforated eyelets (12) protruding from the second arm (2) and connected by a pin (14).
 
5. Coffee capsule recycler according to any of the preceding claims, characterised in that the hinged union (18) of the hinged piston (8) to the second arm (2) comprises two perforated eyelets (15) protruding from the second arm (2) arranged in parallel and between which is coupled a perforated eyelet (16) protruding from the hinged piston (8), the two perforated eyelets being connected by a pin (17).
 




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