Across the bay from San Francisco, the smell of melted chocolate wafts through former Apple manager Eric Eslao’s warehouse in an industrial pocket in Oakland known as the “green zone”. Workers are churning coffee beans through glistening liquid chocolate and stacking matte black packages with gold labels and embossed font that read: Defonce.
“We wanted something that felt high-end,” says Eslao, who left his plum Silicon Valley job three years ago to become a high-end cannabis chocolatier. “Coincidently the French word for f—ed up or high is defonce.”
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His $US20 ($25) infused chocolate bars are considered so uncontroversial in California that his mother is a regular consumer, and, for nine months, Westfield was deep in negotiations to have a Defonce store in its glitzy