J.M. Smucker patented a coated coffee particle for structured coffee compositions suitable for various coffee makers. The patent claims a coffee composition with coated ground roast particles compacted into a three-dimensional structure, using a mixture of coffee extracts for binding. The coating thickness and coverage are specified for optimal results. GlobalData’s report on J.M. Smucker 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 J.M. Smucker, was a key innovation area identified from patents. J.M. Smucker's grant share as of February 2024 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Structured coffee composition with coated ground roast coffee particles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The J.M. Smucker Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11903395B2) discloses a unique coffee composition that involves a plurality of dried, coated ground roast coffee particles compacted to a specific compaction level. The coating, formed from a mixture of two coffee extracts, binds the particles into a three-dimensional coffee structure. The composition includes specific weight percentages of ground roast coffee particles and coffee extracts, with the coating having an average thickness and coverage range. The patent also highlights the preparation method for the coating, emphasizing the absence of non-coffee binders in the composition.

Furthermore, the patent details the characteristics and disintegration properties of the three-dimensional coffee structure when exposed to brewing water, along with the disassociation times in hot, room temperature, and cold water. The patent also mentions the specific shapes the coffee structure can take, ranging from cylinders to pyramids. Additionally, the patent outlines the impact of UV light exposure on the brewed coffee's hexanal content, showcasing a reduction in hexanal levels compared to coffee brewed from a similar composition lacking the coating. These innovative features aim to enhance the overall quality and freshness of the brewed coffee, as evaluated by trained expert panelists using a specific scoring system.

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