Our Story

Ubuntu Café and Bakery is owned by Anna and Jana Badenhorst. Both are professionally-trained bakers and baristas, with a collective background and experience in nutrition, chocolate work, and the art and science of making exquisite coffee and tea. We have a passion for good food and use primarily local ingredients.

We strive to reduce our carbon- and environmental footprint by reducing, reusing and recycling whenever possible. Our coffee is locally roasted and sourced through fair trade practices and the beans are organically grown in a sustainable environment.

All the items on our menu are baked in our small commercial kitchen—even the bread we use to make Panini. Only the best ingredients are used: whole grains, real butter and cream, cold-pressed virgin olive oil, farm eggs, real vanilla beans. We avoid the use of trans fats, processed foods, preservatives, stabilizers and additives.

Ubuntu is a South African Nguni (Zulu and Xhosa) philosophy, describing the way Africans approach life. It is how we serve our customers and our community, and  encompasses humanity, compassion and goodness. Ubuntu dictates a spirit of sympathy, kindness and respect towards other people.


Every one of our products is home made and baked fresh.



House-blend, de-caffeinated and espresso

Espresso-and coffee-based  drinks

Café-au-lait, Makulu, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Americano, Mocha, Iced coffee, Latte, Flavoured latte (Vanilla, Sugar-free vanilla, Caramel , Sugar-free caramel, Hazelnut, Raspberry, Strawberry)

Tea and tisanes

House blend (English breakfast), Earl Grey, Rooibos, Rooibos-au-Provence, Oolong, Peppermint, Chai, Peach-apricot, Bella Coola, White, Green, Honeybush

Tea-based drinks

Iced tea, London fog (Earl Grey latte), African fog (Rooibos latte)

Italian sodas

Cherry, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Peach, Raspberry, Vanilla, Passion fruit, Strawberry and Sugar-free vanilla


Peach, Mango, Strawberry, Strawberry-banana, Wild berry, Pineapple

Other drinks

Steamers, hot chocolate, milk, orange juice


Reuben, Veggie-melt, Caprese, 3-cheese


Our home-made soup of the day can be Gyspsy-, Tuscan potato, or Creamy tomato soup


Quiche Lorraine,  Florentine or Caramelized onion and mushroom


We usually have Pecan pies, Lemon meringue pies and Butter tarts


Carrot- and Cheese cake


Banana, Raisin bran, Cherry-lemon, Cranberry-orange,

Bars and pastries

Baklava, date and walnut truffles


Whole wheat and white buttermilk rusks, mocha, coconut-oatmeal- and breakfast cookies


Available on Saturdays: 5-grain Farm loaf and coarse rye bread
African seed bread are made per order


On Fridays and Saturdays we have a variety of fresh-out-of-the oven pastries. Try our croissants, chocolate croissants, apricot danish or ham and Swiss croissants


Every one of our products is home made and baked fresh.

Traditional South African rusks, made with real butter, creamy buttermilk and wheat flour. No preservatives are added. Enjoy as a meal, with coffee or tea or as a snack. Each batch of rusks is lovingly made at Ubuntu Cafe and Bakery in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. Our rusks taste so much better than Ouma’s! Available in 2 kg packages (around 6 dozen)

Order buttermilk (white) and whole wheat buttermilk rusks by clicking on the following links. If you have any difficulty ordering, please contact us at [email protected]

Every one of our products is home made and baked fresh.

Ubuntu Café and Bakery is our coffee shop located in the new library in Selkirk. We serve specialty coffee, tea and other beverages, pastries, cakes, desserts, soup and panini, as well as freshly-baked, hand-crafted bread on Fridays Ask us about our whole wheat and buttermilk rusks!

Hours of operation

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 5 :30 PM

Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday: 12 Noon – 4:30 PM

Sunday: Closed