Patent Number: 7,823,501

Title: Beverage supplying device having a drip tray comprising a convex droplet landing surface

Abstract: A coffee maker with a drip tray (9) which serves for receiving coffee droplets falling from an outlet member of the coffee maker when a path between the outlet member and the drip tray (9) is free from interruptions such as a coffee cup. The drip tray (9) comprises a tray portion (91) and a cover (92) in which a convex droplet landing surface (93) for receiving droplets falling from the outlet member of the coffee maker is arranged. A coffee droplet dropping on this surface (93) breaks apart, gently flows off this surface (93), and is discharged to the tray portion (91) through a hole (95) arranged in the cover (92). In this way, a situation in which coffee splashes out of the tray portion (91) as a result of the direct impact of a coffee droplet is avoided, and the cleanliness of the coffee maker is enhanced.

Inventors: Rijskamp; Peter (Hoogeveen, NL), Prat-Pfister; Gael Louis Jacques (Amersfoort, NL)

Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

International Classification: A47J 31/057 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00