Raised container lid for beverage bag retention and related preparation methods
United States(US) Patent
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Mighty Leaf Tea
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Baniak Pine & Gannon
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Apparatus and methods for the individual controlled preparation of a beverage from one or more beverage bags within a variety of containers and the quick and sanitary storage of the bag or bags once the beverage preparation has been completed. Preferably, the beverage preparation and bag storage app
Apparatus and methods for the individual controlled preparation of a beverage from one or more beverage bags within a variety of containers and the quick and sanitary storage of the bag or bags once the beverage preparation has been completed. Preferably, the beverage preparation and bag storage apparatus is sized and shaped to be seated on the lip of a container to cover the mouth of the container. The apparatus includes a raised container lid bag retention structure that is openable or open such that at least a portion of the beverage bag may be drawn within and thereby retained in a position elevated above the beverage so that the beverage can be sampled and consumed even with the apparatus in place on the container and the bag or bags retained within the apparatus. One embodiment of such apparatus includes a rounded raised area having a patterned area, such as weakenings formed in or perforations or incisions cut through the flexible cover panel, that can be opened partially or completely to provide a string/tag securing aperture or completely to provide a bag retention aperture by the application of respectively increasing amounts of pressure at the patterned area.
1. A retainer for the controlled preparation of a beverage from liquid within a container and a bag containing a beverage preparation agent by movement of a string attached to the bag relative to said retainer seated on the container, the bag having a surrounding bag wall in which the beverage prepa
1. A retainer for the controlled preparation of a beverage from liquid within a container and a bag containing a beverage preparation agent by movement of a string attached to the bag relative to said retainer seated on the container, the bag having a surrounding bag wall in which the beverage preparation agent is enclosed, the container including a surrounding container wall having an inner surface and outer surface that meet to form a lip, the lip defining a mouth of the container, the container wall being suitable to hold the liquid with which the beverage may be prepared by immersion of the beverage bag within the liquid, the string having a bag end attached to the beverage bag and a free end, said retainer comprising:a flexible cover panel including an upper surface and an opposing lower surface, said upper surface sized and shaped such that said panel generally extends over the container mouth, said upper surface and lower surface meet at a peripheral rim and form a surrounding edge wall sized and shaped such that said retainer can be seated on and form a releasingly sealing grip about the lip; a drinking aperture opening through said flexible cover panel to provide access to the liquid within the container; a rounded raised area including a generally continuous surrounding side wall and a patterned area, said generally continuous side wall having an inner retainer surface that defines a bag retention space, said patterned area including one or more patterns of weakenings formed in or perforations or incisions cut through said flexible cover panel that are openable outward and above said rounded raised area or open by application of pressure at or around said patterned area, said patterns as opened include resilient edges and at least a securing aperture sized and shaped such that at least a portion of the bag may be inserted therethrough and secured to said retainer by gripping of some or all of the inserted portion of the bag by said resilient edges; and a nose/face accommodation area separating said drinking aperture from said rounded raised area, said nose/face accommodation area sized and shaped to accommodate portions of a face of a consumer and placed such that it is less likely that the consumer will encounter the inserted portion of the bag secured by or elevated relative to said patterned area when the consumer is drinking from said drinking aperture.
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