Thank you for the question. This was my first machine before the Accademia. I loved this mode. I would suggest reprograming the length. Also, if you have a dark coffee do not set it at the finest, it won't extract correctly. When I first had one, my setting for a tall cup were as follows. I had the grinder one up from the lowest setting. I had the long button programmed for 6oz and the strength for 3 beans. I would also keep the e-plus system set so the flow was fastest(Less bitter) For my travel mug, I would hit the center button twice on the long coffee setting, so that the machien would grind and brew twice for a total of 12oz. You can make taller if you would like. A thing to remember, mild strength is 7grams setting. Which would be 1oz shot of espresso or a 4 to 5 oz cup of coffee. So strong aroma(Strength) would be 10.5 grams which would be about a 6-7oz cup of coffee.