Title:
Green tea prepared using a steamer
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method of making a tasty beverage from powdered tea prepared by heating and foaming a preparation obtained by adding powdered tea to water or milk, etc., using a steam-jet supplied by a steamer of, for instance, a coffee espresso machine.



Inventors:
Maeda, Hiroshi (Newport Beach, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/313086
Publication Date:
05/01/2003
Filing Date:
12/05/2002
Assignee:
MAEDA HIROSHI
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A23F3/16; A23F3/18; (IPC1-7): A23F3/00
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Primary Examiner:
WEIER, ANTHONY J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KNOBBE MARTENS OLSON & BEAR LLP (IRVINE, CA, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A method for preparing beverages in which a preparation obtained by way of adding powdered tea to a liquid is formed while being heated by means of a steamer of a coffee espresso steamer.

2. The method for preparing beverages according to claim 1, wherein said liquid is water.

3. The method for preparing beverages according to claim 1, wherein said liquid is milk.

4. A method for preparing beverages comprising the steps of: providing liquid in a container; adding powdered tea to said liquid in said container, thus obtaining a mixture of said powdered tea and said liquid; and applying a steam-jet to said mixture so as to agitate said mixture, thus foaming said mixture.

5. The method for preparing beverages according to claim 4, wherein said liquid is one selected from the group of water and milk.

6. The method for preparing beverages according to claim 4, wherein said steam-jet is supplied by a steamer of a coffee espresso machine.

7. The method for preparing beverages according to claim 4, wherein said steam-jet is at a temperature of 65° C. and applied to said mixture for at least seven seconds.

8. The method for preparing beverages according to claim 4, wherein said container is tilted so that said steam-jet reaches an inside bottom of said container.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a method for preparing beverages and more particularly to a method for preparing beverages made of powdered tea.

[0003] 2. Prior Art

[0004] Tea is a beverage that has been enjoyed by many people including the Japanese since ancient times. In recent years, however, the components of tea have been scientifically studied, and it has been ascertained that tea is very good for the health of human beings.

[0005] In order to insure effective ingestion of the active components of tea that is good for the health, it is desirable that the tea leaves themselves be ingested. For this purpose, the use of powdered tea, which is prepared by processing tea leaves “as is”, is ideal.

[0006] Powdered tea is also used in confections and cooking. However, in cases where powdered tea is used as a beverage, a tea whisk, etc. used in the tea ceremony is required. Accordingly, the persons partaking of such beverages, and the locations where such beverages are enjoyed, tend to be limited.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] Accordingly, the object of the present invention is to make it possible for anyone to prepare beverages using powdered tea, which is considered good for the health, in a short time and in a hygienic manner, and further to facilitate commercial preparation of such beverages in locations such as tea shops, etc.

[0008] In order to accomplish the above-object, in the present invention the steamer of an espresso coffee machine is used to agitate and foam a liquid containing powdered tea and water or milk, etc., while this liquid is heated.

[0009] Espresso coffee machines are installed in tea shops and espresso cafes, and are widely used commercially. Furthermore, small machines of this type may also be installed in common households. In the present invention, any type of espresso machine can be used which was previously used only for the preparation of coffee beverages.

[0010] More specifically, the present invention provides an easy preparation of tasty beverages that contain powdered tea by way of using the steamer of an espresso coffee machine that has been used only for coffee in the past.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0011] The present invention will be described below with reference to embodiments.

[0012] First, an appropriate amount of powdered tea is put in a container which contains a liquid such as water, milk, etc. In this case, the powdered tea is more easily dissolved if the powered tea is added to the liquid, rather than adding the liquid to the powdered tea.

[0013] Next, the power supply of an espresso coffee machine is switched on, so that steam (or steam-jet) is emitted. The concentration of the steam is adjusted so that an appropriate temperature is obtained, and foaming is performed by applying the steam (or steam-jet) for a predetermined period of time throughout the entire body of the liquid that contains the powdered tea in the container. In this case, complete foaming can be accomplished when the container is kept tilted so that the steam reaches the deep part or near the bottom of the container. After this, the beverage is transferred to a cup for drinking.

[0014] Examples of the beverages of the present invention will be described below in a more detailed manner.

[0015] First, the method used to prepare a single size serving for one person will be described.

[0016] (1) One teaspoon, i.e., approximately 1 g, of powdered tea is added to a container containing approximately 60 cc of water.

[0017] (2) The powdered tea is foamed by operating the steamer of an espresso coffee machine for seven (7) seconds at a temperature of 65° C., with the container tilted so that the steam-jet reaches the bottom of the container and agitate the water containing the powdered tea.

[0018] (3) The beverage is transferred to a cup.

[0019] A double size serving for a single person is prepared in the following manner:

[0020] (1) Two teaspoons, i.e., approximately 2 g, of powdered tea is added to a container containing approximately 90 cc of water.

[0021] (2) The powdered tea is foamed by operating the steamer of an espresso coffee machine for seven (7) seconds at a temperature of 65° C., with the container tilted so that the steam-jet reaches the bottom of the container and agitates the water that contains the powdered tea.

[0022] (3) The beverage is transferred to a cup.

[0023] Milk may be added to the powdered tea instead of water, and a well-foamed tasty beverage containing powdered tea can also be prepared by adding milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, honey, etc. to the above-described water.

[0024] A tasty beverage may also be obtained by adding ice to the finished beverage containing powdered tea, so that the beverage is cooled and iced beverage is produced.

[0025] As seen from the above, the present invention provides a simple, hygienic and quick preparation of a beverage that contains powdered tea using conventional equipment. Furthermore, since the method of preparation can be described in a manual, the method of the present invention is suitable for wide commercial use in, for instance, tea shops.





 
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