our history

The Culture Cup story

About us.

when we started.

The Culture Cup is amazing coffee. But, more importantly, it is the story of a nation. It is love. It is a community. My goal is to welcome all to the honoring and celebration of local and national African American art, history, and culture.

The Culture Cup started merely as an idea in 2018. For ten years, I worked in community outreach for the Fairfax County health department and fire department. It was during this time that I learned about the rich and local history of African Americans in Northern Virginia. It was also during this time, that I learned that this history was not common knowledge. This lack of awareness sparked an on-going interest and hobby in researching and collecting history and local artifacts. 

– Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience. –

Our Mission

We are dedicated to growing a more connected community that is uplifted and inspired through a cultural exchange.

Our Vision

Our vision is to cultivate a thriving community where every cup of coffee serves as a catalyst for meaningful connections and cultural exchange. We aspire to be the heart of our neighborhood, where diverse voices come together, fostering inspiration and unity one sip at a time.

Our Core Values

Culture focus
Diversity and Inclusion
Quality and Excellence

– Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience. –


Our Founder

Nikki Brown

Nikki Brown, founder of The Culture Cup, is a dedicated community advocate who spent a decade as a Fairfax County community outreach worker in Northern Virginia (NOVA). During her time there, she uncovered the hidden African American history of NOVA and realized its underappreciated significance. 

This discovery inspired Nikki to create a space where this heritage could be honored and celebrated. The Culture Cup is the realization of her vision, blending coffee and culture to preserve and showcase African American history in NOVA. Nikki’s determination and leadership have turned her dream into a vibrant reality, creating a hub where patrons can enjoy exceptional coffee while immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of African American culture. Her legacy is a testament to the power of one individual’s commitment to community enrichment and cultural preservation.

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