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Hindus Urge Orlando Firm to Withdraw “Blood of Kali” Tea and Apologize


Blood of Kali Chai black tea by Coffee Shop of Horrors

ORLANDO, FL- Upset Hindus are urging Coffee Shop of Horrors located in Greater Orlando (Florida) to withdraw its “Blood of Kali” Chai Black Tea; calling it highly inappropriate.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be trivialized in a re-imagined version to sell tea. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols or icons for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged Coffee Shop of Horrors and its CEO to offer a formal apology; besides withdrawing from online and store sale the “Blood of Kali” teabags carrying re-imagined images of goddess Kali.

Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt the followers, Rajan Zed said.

Coffee Shop of Horrors; launched in 2007; sells coffee, tea, hot cocoa, candy; besides its Cafe Menu in its Montverde and Tavares locations in Greater Orlando. It claims: “We will sell nothing that’s over 30 days old”. Its “Blood of Kali” Chai Black Tea (3-ounces bag of loose-leaf tea) was priced at $10.99 and was a “traditional blend of black tea and finely ground cardamon, cinnamon, ginger root, black pepper and cloves”.

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