De’Longhi has patented a machine for preparing coffee beverages with an infusion unit, grinding unit, water tank, and dispensing unit. The invention includes a method to regulate the machine based on detection of extraction parameters, stored operative parameters, and fine optimization for optimal brewing. GlobalData’s report on De’Longhi gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on De'Longhi, was a key innovation area identified from patents. De'Longhi's grant share as of February 2024 was 50%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Smart coffee machine with automatic optimization based on bean type

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: De'Longhi SpA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918140B2) describes a machine for preparing coffee beverages that includes an infusion unit, a grinding unit, a water tank, a water pump, a boiler, a dispensing unit, a detection device, a memory unit, an interface, and a controller. The machine is designed to optimize the brewing process based on the type of coffee beans used. The controller first approximates the machine's settings based on the selected type of coffee beans and then fine-tunes the parameters during operation by comparing actual extraction parameters with expected values. This innovative system ensures that the machine can adapt to different types of coffee beans and consistently produce beverages with desired properties.

Furthermore, the patent includes features where the controller can receive feedback from consumers about the prepared beverages and adjust the machine's settings accordingly. The feedback can include information on the quantity and color of cream, structure of body, and intensity of flavor. Additionally, the machine offers a dedicated software application on the interface that allows consumers to select brands of coffee beans, each associated with specific sets of operative parameters. The detection device in the machine measures various dispensing parameters during beverage preparation, such as flow time, infusion temperature, and quantity of infusion water, to further enhance the customization and optimization of the brewing process. Overall, this patented machine offers a sophisticated and user-friendly solution for coffee enthusiasts looking to enjoy a personalized and high-quality brewing experience.

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