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Beverage preparation and dispensing container

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Sean P. Denny

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

Several embodiments of a beverage preparation and dispensing container each include a quantity of potable water (spring water, distilled water, etc.) sealed therein, with a separate concentrated drink mix packet removably secured to the container's outer surface. Each container is relatively short and squat, to provide a good ratio between internal volume and outer surface to more efficiently retain the heat of a heated beverage therein. The container walls are also relatively thick, for the same reason. Each container has a relatively wide mouth, allowing the consumer to slowly sip a beverage from the container and present a large surface area to cooling air, rather than ingesting a large amount at one time and possibly burning the mouth, as would occur with a narrow necked bottle. The drink mix (tea, coffee, powdered or syrup flavoring, etc.) is secured to the container side or top in one of several ways, for convenient access.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of a beverage preparation and dispensing container according to the present invention, before opening and use.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the container embodiment of FIG. 1, showing its use.

FIG. 3 is a front elevation view in section of an alternative embodiment of the present container, wherein an external pocket is provided for a packet of beverage mix.

FIG. 4 is a front and top broken away perspective view of the upper portion of another embodiment of the present container showing the attachment of a drink mix packet to the cap thereof.

FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of yet another embodiment of the present container, including alternative cap or lid attachment means and drink mix attachment means.

Claims

1. A beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus comprising:

2. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said container is made of a microwave-safe material.

3. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the wall of said container is of sufficient thickness to provide good insulation and heat retention properties for the quantity of potable water when heated therein.

4. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said packet of beverage drink mix is removably and adhesively secured to the wall of said container.

5. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said packet of beverage drink mix is removably secured beneath a label at least partially surrounding the wall of said container.

6. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the mouth of said container has a diameter of about two to three inches.

7. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said closure is made of a semi-rigid plastic material.

8. The beverage preparation and dispensing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said container has a height and a diameter approximately the same as the height.