Title of Invention

A COFFEE MACHINE ASSEMBLY

Abstract A coffee machine assembly (6), adapted to be integrated in a kitchen furnishing (2), comprises a coffee machine unit (7), having a front area (10) with operating and coffee dispensing unit (12), and at least one receiving area (8) located adjacent to the front area, the front area forming an integral part of the front surface (3) of the kitchen furnishing and extending only over a portion of the front surface of the kitchen furnishing.
Full Text The present invention relates to a coffee machine assembly, adapted to be
integrated in a kitchen furnishing, comprising a coffee machine unit, having a front
area with operating and coffee dispensing means.
Coffee machines to be used in the household, nowadays, are mostly built as
table models. A disadvantage in connection with these machines can be seen in
the fact that they permanently occupy considerable amount of space.
There have been some attempts in the prior art to solve this problem.
Particularly, coffee machines are known that are designed as built-in units but that
are designed to fit the standard opening of a kitchen cabinet. Thereby, the front
area of these coffee machines extends over the entire front of the kitchen
furnishing with the result that the entire opening of a kitchen cabinet is occupied by
the coffee machine. A further disadvantage of such coffee machines may be seen
in the fact that they have to be designed in a special way to enable them to be built
into a kitchen cabinet. Thus, the manufacturing costs of such machines are much
higher.
It is therefore, an object of the present invention to provide a coffee
machine assembly that can be adapted to the conditions to be received in a
kitchen furnishing with low additional expenditure. It is a further object of the
present invention to provide a coffee machine assembly such that the available
space in the kitchen furnishing can be exploited in the best way.
To meet these and other objects the present invention provides a coffee
machine assembly, adapted to be integrated in a kitchen furnishing, said assembly
comprising a coffee machine unit, having a front area with operating and coffee
dispensing unit, and at least one receiving area located adjacent to said front
area, said front area forming an integral part of the front surface of said kitchen
furnishing and extending only over a portion of said front surface of said kitchen
furnishing.

In a preferred embodiment of the coffee machine assembly, the receiving
area is adapted to receive at least one further beverage preparing unit. As an
example, a soda water preparing unit could be considered, particularly if the coffee
machine unit is directly connected to a fresh water supply. In that case, the fresh
water supply can be used both for the coffee machine unit and the soda water unit.
In another embodiment of the invention, the receiving area can be
designed, at least partially, for receiving beverage containers such as coffee cups
or the like, and means can be provided to heat and/or cool that receiving area.
A heating of the receiving area is particularly advantageous if the receiving
area is designed to receive espresso cups since such espresso cups have a
high proportion of ceramics material, as compared to the amount of the beverage
to be received ; thereby, the espresso beverage is cooled down in a
disadvantageous manner.
A cooling of the receiving area is particularly advantageous if the receiving
area is designed to receive beverages that usually have to be cooled down before
serving.
In the following, an embodiment of the coffee machine assembly, according
to the invention will be further described, with reference to the accompanying
drawings, in which :
Fig.1 shows a front view of the coffee machine assembly received in a
kitchen cabinet.
Fig.2 shows a perspective view of the coffee machine assembly, as seen
from the right side, and ;

Fig. 3 shows a perspective view of the coffee machine assem-
bly, as seen from the left side.
First, with the help of the drawing shown in Fig. 1, the gen-
eral design of the coffee machine assembly according to the inven-
tion shall be further described.
Fig. 1 shows a partial view of a kitchen furnishing 2.
Thereby, only a cabinet 1 is shown, constituting a porting of the
furnishing 2, and having a front portion in the shape of a front
plate member 3. The,front plate member 3 is provided with a recess
4. The coffee machine assembly 6 is received in the kitchen fur-
nishing 2 and, thereby, in the cabinet 1, such that the front area
10 of the coffee machine assembly is flush with the afore men-
tioned front plate member 3. Thus, the coffee machine assembly 6
is an integral part of the kitchen furnishing 2.
The coffee machine assembly 6 comprises a coffee machine 7 as
well as a receiving area 8. It is understood that the receiving
area 8 is not shown in detail in Fig. 1; further details will be
given herein after-. The front area 10 of the coffee machine 7 com-
prises a plurality of actuating means that need not to be further)
described. Moreover, the front area 10 is provided with a recessed
portion 11 in which is provided a coffee dispensing unit 12.
Thus, one basic idea in connection with this embodiment can
be seen in the fact that the front area 10 of a household coffee
machine 7, that is known per se, is designed such that it is an
integral part of a the front of a kitchen furnishing 2. Thereby,
the front area 10 extends only along a portion of the cabinet such
that the remaining portion can be used to be designed as a receiv-
ing area 8.
As can be seen in Fig. 2, the receiving area 8 comprises a
cabinet portion 14 provided with a door 15. The door 15 being
closed, it forms an integral portion of the front of the kitchen

furnishing 2 as well. The receiving area 8 is subdivided in verti-
cal direction by means of shelves 16, serving to receive a variety
of utensils. In the present embodiment, as shown in the drawings,
it can serve for receiving coffee and/or espresso cups. According
to a preferred embodiment, - not shown here in detail -, the re-
ceiving area 8 is provided with an electrical resistance heating
means adapted to heat the interior of the cabinet portion 14. This
is particularly suitable in the case where the interior of the
cabinet portion 14 is meant to receive coffee or espresso cups.
It is understood that the interior of the receiving area 8
can be designed to receive other objects; in other words, it must
not be designed to receive only cups and maybe glasses. For exam-
ple, another subdivision is possible to receive, besides coffee
cups, also coffee beans, coffee spoons, sugar, tea etc.
It is understood that the receiving area 8 can be located
above or below the coffee machine assembly 6, depending on the de-
sign and the size of the latter one.
From the illustration of Fig. 1, particularly the operating
elements, the coffee dispensing unit 12 as well as a steam outlet
13 of the coffee machine 7 are visible. The recessed portion 11 is
delimited, at the lower side, by a collecting dish member 20
adapted to collect residual water. That collecting dish member 20
can be removed from the front side. At the right side of the cof-
fee machine 7, there is provided a collecting container member 21
adapted to receive the used coffee powder. Again, this collecting
container member 21 can be removed from the front side of the as-
sembly.
Besides the operating and dispensing means shown in the draw-
ings and discussed herein above, and that don't need further ex-
planations, the coffee machine 7 can be provided with additional
or alternative operating and/or dispensing means. For example, a

steamer for milk could be provided, for example for preparing cap-
puccino. In this case, it could be favorable to design the receiv-
ing are in such a way that a milk container can be received
therein, containing the milk required to prepare the cappuccino.
The coffee machine itself preferably is designed as a compact
unit that can be replaced, if necessary, quickly and simply as a
group. Thereby, it can be fixed by means of only a couple of
screws to the kitchen furniture 2, or a snap-in mechanism (not
shown) can be provided to fix it to the kitchen furnishing 2.
In the present example, the coffee machine is provided with a
conventional fresh water tank. However, it is understood that, in
stead of or additionally, a fluid coupling device could be pro-
vided to enable the coffee machine to be directly connected to a
fresh water conduit. As an alternative to the shown coffee bean
container, that can be filled only after the coffee machine assem-
bly has been pulled out, an opening or a container accessible from
the front side could be provided. Moreover, also refill opening
could be provided to fill in fresh water from the front side of
the coffee machine.
As already mentioned, the receiving area can be used for
other purposes. For example, another beverage preparing unit like
a soda water unit could be provided in that place.
According to Fig. 3, it can be seen that the coffee machine
assembly 6 also can be realized as a pull out unit or can be
mounted on a pull out mechanism, such to be able to be pulled out
in the direction of the arrow and pushed back in the opposite di-
rection. Since the general design of such pull out mechanism is
well known to any person skilled in the art, no further explana-
tion is given here. However, it should be understood that such a
pull out mechanism 2 3 could be provided with mechanical and/or hy-
draulic and/or electrical interfaces, to provide for a quick and

easy mechanical fixing of the coffee machine assembly, and/or a
quick and easy connection of the coffee machine assembly to an
electrical power source and/or a quick and easy connection of the
coffee machine assembly to a fresh water supply. Thereby, it is
understood that those interfaces are not further shown in the
drawings.

WE CLAIM :
1. A coffee machine assembly adapted to be integrated in a kitchen furnishing,
said assembly comprising a coffee machine unit, having a front area with operating
and coffee dispensing unit, and at least one receiving area located adjacent to said
front area, said front area forming an integral part of the front surface of said
kitchen furnishing and extending only over a portion of said front surface of said
kitchen furnishing.
2. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in claim 1 wherein said receiving area
is located adjacent to said front area of said machine unit.
3. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein said receiving area
is located below said front area of said coffee machine unit.

4. A coffee machine assembly, as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said receiving area is adapted to receive at least one beverage preparing unit.
5. A coffee machine assembly, as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said receiving area is adapted at least partially to receive beverage containers,
particularly to receive coffee cup means and/or drinking glasses.

6. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3 or 5,
wherein said receiving area is located besides said front area of said coffee
machine unit and provided with subdivisions in vertical direction.
7. A coffee machine assembly, as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said receiving area is provided with means for at least partially heating or cooling it.
8. A coffee machine assembly, as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said coffee machine unit is designed as an autonomous unit.

9. A coffee machine assembly, as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said coffee machine unit is located on an extension means such as a pull-out
mechanism.
10. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said receiving area is provided with a door, said door once being in its closed
position, forming an integral part of the kitchen furnishing.
11. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein
said front area of said coffee machine is provided with a collecting dish member
adapted to collect residual water.
12. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3 and 11,
wherein said front area of said coffee machine is provided with a collecting
container member adapted to collect used coffee powder.

13. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in claim 11 or 12, wherein said
collecting dish member adapted to collect residual water and said collecting
container member adapted to collect used coffee powder are accessible from the
front side of the coffee machine unit.
14. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3,
wherein said coffee machine unit is provided with an opening for feeding coffee
beans, said opening being accessible from the front side of said coffee machine
unit.
15. A coffee machine assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3 and 9,
wherein said extension means is provided with electrical and/or mechanical and /
or hydraulic interface adapted to be connected to said coffee machine unit.

16. A coffee machine assembly, as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3,
wherein said coffee machine unit is provided with a coupling means, such as a
fluid coupling device, operatively connecting said coffee machine unit to a fresh
water supply.
17. A coffee machine assembly, substantially as herein described particularly
with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

A coffee machine assembly (6), adapted to be integrated in a kitchen
furnishing (2), comprises a coffee machine unit (7), having a front area (10) with
operating and coffee dispensing unit (12), and at least one receiving area (8)
located adjacent to the front area, the front area forming an integral part of the
front surface (3) of the kitchen furnishing and extending only over a portion of the
front surface of the kitchen furnishing.

Documents:

278-cal-2000-abstract.pdf

278-CAL-2000-ASSIGNMENT.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-assignment.pdf

278-cal-2000-claims.pdf

278-CAL-2000-CORRESPONDENCE.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-correspondence.pdf

278-cal-2000-description (complete).pdf

278-cal-2000-drawings.pdf

278-CAL-2000-EXAMINATION REPORT.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-examination report.pdf

278-cal-2000-form 1.pdf

278-CAL-2000-FORM 18.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-form 18.pdf

278-cal-2000-form 2.pdf

278-CAL-2000-FORM 3.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-form 3.pdf

278-CAL-2000-FORM 5.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-form 5.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GPA.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-gpa.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-ABSTRACT.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-CLAIMS.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-DESCRIPTION (COMPLETE).pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-DRAWINGS.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-FORM 1.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-FORM 2.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-LETTER PATENT.pdf

278-CAL-2000-GRANTED-SPECIFICATION.pdf

278-CAL-2000-OTHERS.1.3.pdf

278-CAL-2000-PRIORITY DOCUMENT.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-priority document.pdf

278-CAL-2000-REPLY TO EXAMINATION REPORT.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-reply to examination report.pdf

278-cal-2000-specification.pdf

278-CAL-2000-TRANSLATED COPY OF PRIORITY DOCUMENT.1.3.pdf

278-cal-2000-translated copy of priority document.pdf


Patent Number 248938
Indian Patent Application Number 278/CAL/2000
PG Journal Number 37/2011
Publication Date 16-Sep-2011
Grant Date 13-Sep-2011
Date of Filing 10-May-2000
Name of Patentee FIANARA INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Applicant Address RIVERSTAETE BUILDING, AMSTELDIJK 166, NL-1079 LH AMSTERDAM
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 SCHMED ARTHUR LANGRUETISTRASSE 87 CH-8635, OBERDUERNTEN
PCT International Classification Number A47J 31/44
PCT International Application Number N/A
PCT International Filing date
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 1999 0910/99 1999-05-12 Switzerland