06854378 is referenced by 38 patents and cites 11 patents.

The invention relates to a device for extracting a food substance contained in a closed refill. The device includes a hollow body with a housing for accommodating the refill, a water inlet channel passing through the body and communicating with the housing, and a plurality of piercing elements arranged in the housing for piercing the refill in several different places in order to allow the water to pass through the refill. The piercing elements are spaced apart in the housing with respect to the water inlet direction in the housing. Each piercing element includes: (i) a base portion secured to the body and projecting into the housing, designed to engage at least partially inside the refill, and (ii) a cutting surface which intersects the base portion at an acute angle.

Title
Device and method for improving the extraction of a food substance contained in a refill
Application Number
10/424736
Publication Number
6854378 (B2)
Application Date
April 29, 2003
Publication Date
February 15, 2005
Inventor
Alexandre Kollep
Lutry
CH
Christian Jarisch
Romanshorn
CH
Agent
Winston & Strawn
Assignee
Nestec
CH
IPC
A47J 031/40
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