17:25 Polls are still open here in WA but already counting from the Eastern States shows a distinct trend towards what the Liberals disparigingly referred to as the "Latte Set".
17:26 Not sure the blokes I saw in their union shirts would be into Lattes really.
17:27 Looked more like theyd short macc drinkers to me.
17:29 Bennelong is shifting with a 5.2% swing from Liptons Yellow Label to flat whites - probably made using Tobys Estate being in Sydney and all. Looks like Liptons may have to cease deliveries to Kirrabilli.
17:30 Not looking good for JWH overall either. Big Green vote says he oughta pushed Organic Coffee a bit harder during the campaign.
17:36 Yemen Bani Ismali espresso over a fresh merangue is quite interesting, but the merangue goes gelatenous at the end - not so nice an a waste of a perfectly good shot. There goes one signature drink idea.
17:37 This was either going to be a long drawn out election or a very very swift one - Im leaning towards swift and dont think WA will figure in the end decision. Might be critical for the senate however.
17:47 Im calling this one for Labor. Counting hasnt even gotten underway in Queensland yet and they are well on the way already. WAs count will be an academic exercise in the end.
17:49 The Prime Minister has conceeded - hes conceeded that the last 11 years of serving Moccona may have been a grave mistake and that the electorate seems to be punishing him for it.
17:53 Ive been live election blogging now for 28 minutes - about another 5 oughta see us through to the end of the election at this rate.
18:01 Ok, perhaps that was a little optimistic - might have to blog a little longer. . .
18:02 Finished making the mango ice-cream and transferred it to the freezer. Looks good - submitted it to the scrutineers and have received a favourable response.
18:07 Mrs Grendel now watching Pirates of the Caribbean, election same level of boring on every channel apparently.
18:08 JWH seat still in doubt - can the Lipton god still reign supreme?
18:09 Strains of Star Spangled Banner provide a weird backdrop to the live blogging as Junior Grendel Number One kicks arse in Battlefield 2 beside me in the Cafe Grendel technology bunker.
18:10 Results showing 68 espresso fueled lead over 50 for the Lipton lovers. I bet Greg Hunt (Lib, Flinders, Vic.) regrets him "Latte" comments now!
18:12 On that note - sadly it seems he will retain his seat - I dont like people who diss coffee.
18:15 Polls have been closed in WA for 15 minutes so I think we should start seeing preliminary results fairly soon. My tip is that well see a strong performance by Fiori and Five Senses over the imports. Oh and stuff the political results.
18:17 reminder to self - bump the Urbanista post up to the top after Im done live blogging - would be a crying shame if people missed out on seeing that cafe just because of the election!
18:19 Labor looks set to gain at least 15 seats as things stand right now - they only need one more for government and Qld hasnt started showing much in the way of results yet.
18:21 Longman in Queensland is showing a big swing to Labor - 7.9%. Held by Mal Brough, who as an ex-infantry man can hardly be blamed for his preference for coffee from little sachets, may lose his seat if this trend continues.
18:28 Bennelong trend still holding for Labor.
18:34 Yawn. Count faster guys, that last ristretto is wearing off! Sam, if youre reading this, know that I am forever in your debt, that Yemen Ismali is stunning.
18:37 Roast beef sandwiches for dinner - still have to cook the beef though! Looking forward to the Mango ice-cream for dessert.
18:45 That looks to be it - 76 seats and government to the Latte drinkers - hopefully we can turn some of them to ristrettos over the next few years.
18:54 Looks like Mal Brough is gone too - will make my work interesting for a few weeks.
Live erection bogging - continued. . .
Shtardate 20:19.somethingmumble Weve shuccseshfully negotilated the cork out of the bottle. To paraphrase JK rowling, it appears a change of decoration ish in order.
Can we at least hope the new mob treat coffeesnobs with respect.
20:29 Shifting sands. Judi Moylan, Petro Georgio, Malcolm Turnbull. All retaining their seats - and others like them as well. The centre small L Liberal Party members seem to have a greater remenant than the more conservative side of the party. COuld this be the reshaping of the liberal party into a coffee-loving collective?
20:38 Howard is conceeding now. He says he bequeaths an Australia that is stronger, prouder and more prosperous than before. Talks up economy and his decision making prowess. Sad he took his buddies down with him. Talks up Dollar Sweetie as the next leader.
20:48 Does family stuff - should have shown more of this during the campaign I think. Come to think of it, if hed treated Australia like his family he wouldnt be conceeding right now.
21:02 Lots of congratulations/comiserations all round. Nothing nasty - obviously theyve had some decent coffee served to keep them all in good humour.